If you're just entering the media buying space, there's a lot to learn. These lists will help you get started.
Recently I had a job candidate come in for an entry-level position, and she was very interested in working in the online media planning and buying department. She was clearly a very bright candidate who was fresh out of school, but unfortunately she wasn't conversant in the standard terms and technologies associated with the trade.
Now, we don't expect entry-level people to come in knowing everything. But candidates have come in who know the fundamentals of online media and marketing, either through school or independent research, and can at carry on a conversation about it.
I gave the candidate a list of things to research on her own and invited her to contact us once she had become more familiar with the field. I realized this is a great list for entry-level candidates. Media planning and buying is all about independent research and being able to grasp complex advertising concepts and technologies. Between the vendor sites; media sites like ClickZ, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), SlideShare, YouTube, and Wikipedia; and search engines, there is more than enough info out there for candidates to get at least partially up to speed on this stuff. Frankly, this is the stuff colleges and universities should be teaching to their advertising and marketing students.
There's so much more I could go on about, but for any person entering the industry this is plenty to research and absorb. This may seem like a lot to a recent college grad to research, but if you walk into an interview knowing even a portion of the list, your chances of landing the job will go way up. If a person walked in conversant in the above list, I would not only hire her, I would start her at a higher salary. The ROI on the time spent doing this research would be huge.
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